The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts Announces New Krabi Eco Resort Opening February 2021
Leading luxury hotel group, The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts today announces the signing of The Pavilions Anana Krabi, (formerly Anana Krabi Ecological Resort) an eco-sustainable resort located on the southern west coast of Thailands famous Phang-Nga bay. The Pavilions Anana Krabi becomes the second new resort to join the rapidly expanding boutique hotel group in 2020, welcoming guests from February 2021.
The 59 key eco-resort is surrounded by Krabi's famous limestone cliffs and peaceful greenery and truly focuses on wellness, sustainability and eco life. 'The Farm' uses the regenerative principles of composting and water conservation which supplies produce for the 'farm to table' restaurant, a farm café and vegan cooking school, unique excursion experiences such as a solar-powered long tail boat to discover local mangrove rivers, a dedicated yoga & wellness centre which incorporates a fitness centre, yoga pavilions, sauna and steam rooms, with five spa treatment rooms including a Himalayan salt room.
The resorts' 35m main pool water is sourced from the neighbouring volcanic mountains, offering not only a silk-like swimming experience but unique minerals for the skin and body. Four unique room types start at 32 sqm all offering private balconies, 43" LCD TV, complimentary mini-bar and espresso coffee machines. Spa and family suite types are also on offer with up to 55 sqm of spacious living.
The Pavilions Hotels and resorts now has a total of nine hotels and resorts across Asia and Europe under ownership or management, with another five in the pipeline; two in Europe and three in Asia. The group recently successfully launched its Franchise model for hotel owners and operators.
The Pavilions Anana Krabi Website: https://www.pavilionshotels.com/anana-krabi
Relax into Summer in the Tropics
Summer is when the rainforest comes to life in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef. Warm rains enhance the vibrant greens of the Wet Tropics, cassowaries emerge with their chicks, and waterholes offer an inviting place to cool off.
It's the ideal time to slow down, enjoy nature and recharge by enjoying modern luxuries like secluded tree houses in the world's oldest rainforest.
Surround yourself in the World-Heritage rainforest at Mist at Cape Tribulation where modern meets authentic fresh air. This luxury boutique accommodation has large outdoor decks with expansive views, king size beds and pillow menus, lavish bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and special catering options.
The newly renovated Lagoon Bayans at Daintree Ecolodge offer sustainable luxury in a breathtaking location. Rebalance your mind, body and soul at the Daintree Wellness Spa where treatments harness ancient traditions with wild-harvested, pure Australian botanicals.
The area's Traditional Custodians, the Kuku Yalanji people, call the rainforest 'Wawu-karrba' which means 'healing of the spirit'. The lodge's private waterfall, which you can visit, has been used by generations of Kuku Yalanji women for healing and spiritual beliefs.
To learn more about the Kuku Yalanji people visit the Mossman Gorge Centre and catch the shuttle service to Mossman Gorge. Walk through the rainforest looking for electric blue Ulysses butterflies and Boyd's forest dragons and then plunge into the chilly waters of the gorge.
The stories of the rainforest people are reflected in their art which can be seen at Janbal Gallery. Co-owner Brian 'Binna' Swindley shows you how to paint your own boomerang or canvas while sharing the stories of his mother, Janbal, whose works can be seen at the gallery bearing her traditional name.
For more information go to cairnsgreatbarrierreef.com
Spend the Holiday Season at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
Reconnect with family and friends at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui – the perfect tropical experience to create an unforgettable holiday this holiday season. Set along a lush tropical hillside overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, the Resort provides the perfect getaway to savour the island life amid white sandy beaches and swaying palms.
“We have had an unprecedented year,” shares Sean Mosher, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, “It's unlike any December of the past, yet, a time for reflection, to come together as a family and hope for better days in the New Year.”
Fulfill Your Dreams
With a nip in the air and stunning skies at sunrise and sunset, Southern Thailand transforms into a magical setting this season. Guests are invited to reserve their getaway with a special stay experience – Tiew Tam Fun – Thailand Escape. “Even though the year has offered so little, we can still dream,” reflects Sean.
From brunches to barbecues on the beach, there's so much to indulge in this festive season. The Christmas Brunch and New Year's Eve dinner – accessible for both resident and non-resident guests of the Resort - promises to provide a memorable experience to ring in the New Year with hope and cheer. Families can also get together with a personalised menu by Executive Chef Renato Rizzi, and hand-crafted cocktails at the "Infinity Dining" table at ocean's edge. “For guests staying at our two to four bedroom Private Retreats, the team of chefs curate personalised dining experiences with special menus served in the comfort of the dining room or the private deck by the pool,” shares Reza Jafari, Resort Manager.
Handpicked Holidays by IHG® launches home of all-inclusive packages in time for festive season
IHG® Hotels & Resorts – one of the largest hotel companies in the world – has unveiled the launch of Handpicked Holidays by IHG®: a new platform home to all-inclusive packages created exclusively for IHG Rewards Club loyalty members.
Launching with 14 packages across Australia and New Zealand's most loved destinations, each offer has been designed to balance exceptional value and thoughtful perks, representing significant savings and made exclusive to the Handpicked Holidays platform. The all-inclusive design means guests can book their holidays as a complete experience including two-to-three nights' accommodation, daily restaurant and bars experiences, and perks ranging from room upgrades and luxury catamaran transfers at InterContinental Hayman Island Resort to rounds of golf and a half-day wine tour at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.
IHG's commitment to flexibility and cleanliness underpins each package, with guests able to change their travel dates up to 24 hours prior to arrival*. Guests can also purchase as a voucher to gift ahead of the holiday season, or choose to travel when they're ready. The IHG Way of Clean program is rolled out across each hotel and resort, offering confidence and assurance for a safe stay with new, science-led protocols and service measures in partnership with industry leading experts Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey.
*Subject to availability. All Handpicked Holidays by IHG packages are valid for stay dates until 30 June 2021 and available until sold out. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts Brings Sala Spiritello by Campari to South East Asia
Leading luxury hotel brand InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts collaborates with Campari to launch a series of Sala Spiritello pop up across South East Asia. The partnership between the two worldliness icons will also see the birth of a brand-new InterContinental Negroni, created exclusively by Campari's Regional Brand Ambassador, Symphony Loo.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is bringing international experiences to life at its hotels and resorts in South East Asia. Led by Campari's regional brand ambassadors, both local and hotel guests can immerse in the Milanese culture and rituals of the aperitivo and digestivo, through a series of masterclasses and suite experiences.
Created by Symphony Loo, Campari's regional brand ambassador, the InterContinental Negroni is an exclusive for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, and the Sala Spiritello edition is available at participating hotels and resorts in South East Asia. “My inspiration stems from the go-to gifts such as locally-sourced coffee beans, tea and chocolate that we bring home to friends and families when travelling within South East Asia. Taste profile of the drink includes floral notes, coffee, hint of saltiness and citrus,” shared Loo.
Founded in 1946 by aviation pioneer, Juan Trippe, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is today the world's largest luxury hotel brand. The brand has a history of pioneering luxury travel – by the end of the 1960s, the brand had debuted in Europe and Asia, reaching almost all four corners of the globe. From 1946 to 1970, Juan Trippe opened more than 60 hotels in 50 countries – at a time when the fastest transcontinental communication device was the telephone and the telegram.
For more information on the promotions or to make a reservation, please visit the participating hotels' website:
Singapore – InterContinental Singapore
Ovolo Wins 'Brand of the Year' for a Second Year Alongside Other Hotels and People Awards
The 18th iteration of the HM Awards, designer hotel collection, Ovolo Hotels, were acknowledged for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence for being one of the country’s top hotel brands. Ovolo received the accolade “Hotel Brand of the Year” for the second year running, at the awards ceremony held on Friday 27 November 2020 at Sydney’s Hyatt Regency.
Ovolo evolved earlier this year, unveiling this year’s “Marketing Campaign of The Year”, Wonder. Full. More than places to stay, Wonder. Full. celebrates each Ovolo as destinations to experience brimming with character, every hotel is a uniquely rich adventure, a world where every moment of every stay is filled with wonder. The collection’s flagship hotel, Ovolo Woolloomooloo won “Boutique Hotel” and Senior Revenue Manager, Fready Goenawan was name the top “Revenue Management Associate”.
Founder and CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala says of the accolades, “We take pride in doing things the right way, providing an experience that allows us to connect emotionally with our guests through design, art, music and exceptional yet personal service. Thank you to all our guests who have made all this possible!”
The HM Awards are the leading industry awards in the region, curated to applaud the leading properties, departments, people and brands in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
As released by HM Awards, over 1000 entries were received this year. With 28 properties and people making it as finalists across 41 categories, Ovolo Hotels took home several awards and high commendations.
Make 2021 Count with Contiki's NEW trips and experiences
Make 2021 Count with Contiki's NEW trips and experiences
New trips and experiences include a vegan odyssey in Europe,
trekking in the Himalayas or Mt Kilimanjaro, surfing in Devon and much more -
Youth travel operator Contiki is feeling optimistic that 2021 will deliver travel dreams for millennials and Gen-Z travellers and have launched the Contiki Pledge, inviting travellers who are 18 to 35 year-olds to make their next trip count.
To inspire travel plans, Contiki has a list of amazing trips curated for every type of travel adventure.
- Contiki's new Limited Edition vegan trip with the coolest stays
The Vegan Food Explorer Europe, an 8-day vegan odyssey covering Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest hosted by vegan influencers @thelittlelondonvegan and @laurafruitfairy.
2. Give back on your travels
What better way to make our travels count than doing something positive for the destinations, communities or wildlife we visit? Contiki has an increasing number of Contiki Cares experiences designed to support the people, planet or wildlife in the destinations we travel to, with the goal of having at least one such experience across 50% of our trips by 2025.
And many more unique experiences with a modern take on the world.
Pledge and join in the conversation to Make 2021 Count and use the hashtag #Contikipledge on social. For more info on Contiki Detour, check out the video here.
Singapore Goes Wild for Close-Up Zoo Encounters
Have you ever wondered how a zoo can look after thousands of animals under its care, while managing its day-to-day operations?
Accor Live Limitless (ALL) – Accor's lifestyle loyalty programme, has leveraged a once-in-a-lifetime preview, the first of its kind, with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) for ALL members to utilise their points by redeeming a limitless experience. WRS is the operator of Singapore's award winning wildlife parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo.
These "money can't buy" and exclusive VIP experiences include a meeting with Dr Luis Carlos Neves, Director of Zoology, as he takes you on a behind the scenes visit at the world-renowned Singapore Zoo and Night Safari in intimate group settings. Members also have the opportunity to meet Ms Gail Laule, Director of Animal Presentation, to learn how animal presenters interact with their animals, conduct positive reinforcement training for physical examinations. Participating members can even try their hand at some animal training!
Ms Irene Lin, Chief Marketing Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Connecting people to wildlife and nature to inspire care for our natural environment is a big part of what we do at Wildlife Reserves Singapore. This personalised tour led by our management team provides special insight to the role of modern zoos today in protecting wildlife and what it takes to provide uncompromised care for our animals. Through collaborations with industry partners like Accor, we hope to be able to raise the nature-quotient of the local community and appreciation for wildlife”.
For more information and instant membership, please visit https://all.accor.com
Elite Havens Launches Gourmet Escape Event in Koh Samui
Elite Havens, Asia's leader in high-end villa vacations, announces the launch of its first Gourmet Escape event from 22 to 24 December 2020, set to tease those tastebuds. Experience a 2-night stay at one of five stunning Koh Samui villas located at the Thai-inspired Panacea Retreat or luxe jungle-clad Cape Laem Sor Estate and in addition daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner specially curated by a line-up of some of Bangkok's most celebrated Michelin-starred chefs - Dylan Jones of Bo.lan and Err, Chef Paolo Vitaletti of Appia, Peppina and Trattoria Giglio, Chef Jarrett Wrisley of Soul Food Mahanakorn and Appia, and Chef Tim Butler of Eat Me and Bunker for a one-of-a-kind gourmet escape - a vibrant culinary event not to be missed.
To make this spectacular gastronomical jamboree possible, Elite Havens has partnered with Bangkok Airways to offer a very special rate of 4520THB round trip airfare from Bangkok to Koh Samui per guest exclusive to Gourmet Escape. A partnership was also secured with the Campari Group who are providing Aperol Spritz's, Cinzano Prosecco and their seasoned bartenders for some mixology magic.